There will be a protest at the Hattie Mae White building on Saturday, August 5th at 9 AM regarding the removal of libraries at 28 HISD schools.
Hattie Mae White is the central administration offices of HISD. It is located at 4400 W 18th St.
The libraries being eliminated will be replaced by discipline rooms where kids will be sent as punishment.
This decision to shut the libraries is being made by Greg Abbott-appointed HISD Superintendent Mike Miles & the rubber stamp Board of Managers.
There is no democracy involved in decisions made by the Abbott-appointed HISD leadership.
These 28 schools are in Black & Brown communities. Many Houston officials have said the closing of school libraries in these communities is reminiscent of Jim Crow Separate But Equal practices.
The removal of the elected school board in what was just 60 years ago a Jim Crow city is a matter of concern for everyone in Houston, in Harris County & Texas.
It is part of a broad attack on democracy.
Harris County Republicans are currently in court trying to undo 21 Democratic election wins from 2022 despite the fact they lost the election fair and square. The Texas Legislature never misses a chance to constrict the political autonomy of Harris County and other urban counties. The Republican Party nationally is commanded by Donald Trump.
Please consider attending the protest this Saturday morning as a measure of your concern for all HISD students and because democracy itself is under attack.
The closing of the libraries is an outcome of the removal of the elected school board in Houston.
It is not just an issue for the impacted communities. It is a concern for every single person in Houston and Harris County who wants to live in a free society and envisions a future for themselves and their families rooted in democracy.
The Houston Democracy Project is working hard to make certain democracy is an important issue in 2023 Houston municipal elections. Please share word of the Project and please consider supporting the effort.
I'm Neil Aquino